Declaration of Disaster Issued After Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Hits Anchorage

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Anchorage on Friday.

On Twitter, Walker said he was in contact with the White House and was working with first responders to ensure that everyone is safe. The earthquake reportedly damaged Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a military facility based in Anchorage, and caused severe damage to roads, tunnels, and schools.

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A declaration of disaster formally permits a range of federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to assist the state in disaster relief.

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning to parts of the state because of the earthquake’s aftershocks. It is posting updates on its Twitter feed.

Other state and federal agencies are in the process of assessing the scope of the damage.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has reportedly opened again after temporarily suspending flight landings. Damage from the earthquake has flooded parts of the airport, according to video footage posted on social media.

This post was originally published at This is Insider.


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